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Barnett pays busker to stop playing

The WA Premier wanted no interruptions when he paraded a Hawks jersey around Perth city after losing a bet, so he paid a busker $10 to be quiet.

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A young busker got his tip of the day when Premier Colin Barnett paid him $10 to "be quiet".

The busker was a few metres away from where the Premier, clad in a Hawks guernsey, was holding a press conference about his lost AFL finals bet with Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine.

Mr Barnett said he would pay the busker "a very good 10 dollars to be quiet for three minutes" and handed the money to an assistant before heading over to make the request in person.

WA Premier Colin Barnett passes $10 to his press secretary to quieten a busker playing music. Click for more photos

Lost bet forces Barnett into Hawks guernsey

WA Premier Colin Barnett passes $10 to his press secretary to quieten a busker playing music.

  • WA Premier Colin Barnett passes $10 to his press secretary to quieten a busker playing music.
  • WA Premier Colin Barnett loses grand final bet. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty.
  • WA Premier Colin Barnett loses grand final bet. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty.
  • WA Premier Colin Barnett loses grand final bet. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty.
  • A lost bet with the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine forced Colin Barnett to do the walk of shame in yellow and brown at Forrest Place. Photo: Jillian McHugh
  • A lost bet with the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine forced Colin Barnett to do the walk of shame in yellow and brown at Forrest Place. Photo: Jillian McHugh
  • A lost bet with the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine forced Colin Barnett to do the walk of shame in yellow and brown at Forrest Place. Photo: Jillian McHugh
  • A lost bet with the Victorian Premier Denis Napthine forced Colin Barnett to do the walk of shame in yellow and brown at Forrest Place. Photo: Jillian McHugh
  • A young busker was paid by Mr Barnett to stop playing during his media appearance. Photo: Jillian McHugh
  • A young busker was paid by Mr Barnett to stop playing during his media appearance. Photo: Jillian McHugh

"Three minutes, no music, ok?" he said.

The premiers had each backed their own teams ahead of Saturday's grand final, with the loser of the bet to don the opposition's colours and hand out tourism brochures for the other's city on their own home turf.

The Premier, clutching a stack of Melbourne brochures, wandered through the CBD giving footballs, instead of kisses, to small children and travel advice to their parents.

But he won't be getting a job at Tourism Victoria any time soon.

"Oh Melbourne it rains every day. Not much of a river is it, the Yarra, is pretty disappointing," he told one man.

"I tell you the good thing; in winter...you can go and see the Eagles or Dockers every other weekend if you're in Melbourne."

He even suggested the more people visit Melbourne, the better off Perth will be.

"People go over to Melbourne and have a look, they say 'Oh it's pretty nice, but isn't Perth better?' and they all rush back and bring their friends," he said.

Mr Barnett admitted Hawthorn were the "better side on the day" and said he'd accepted the loss with "bitter resignation".

"A bet's a bet. You've got to honour a bet," he said.

"I think football at the end of the day is a game.

"You can't take it too seriously."

He said dressing up in the opposition garb as Dr Napthine's mouthpiece wasn't the worst thing he'd had to do.

"No, not at all and I'm sure there's more embarrassing things to come," he said.

It's the second time this year a high profile sports bet has played out in Perth.

In May, Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson dressed up in an AirAsia air hostess outfit after losing a bet with AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes over whose team would win the 2010 formula one Grand Prix.